Routine vaccinations given to your little one shouldn't be a cause for concern. However, it is common for some babies to suffer the following side effects after the injection:
- Redness, swelling or tenderness where they had the injection (this will slowly disappear on its own)
- Being irritable and feeling unwell
- A high temperature as part of a fever
If your baby has a temperature higher than 37.5°C they may be suffering from a fever.
What are the symptoms of a fever that I should look out for?
You can generally tell that your child has a fever if they:
- Feel hotter than usual when you touch their forehead, back or stomach
- Are sweaty or clammy
- Have flushed cheeks
How can I help bring my child's temperature down?
Most fevers in children resulting from minor ailments are not serious and tend to go away on their own once the illness or infection clears up. In the meantime there are some things you can do to help make your child more comfortable while trying to bring the fever down:
- Regular fluids: During a fever, your child will lose fluids through sweating or a runny nose and because fluids help the body tackle infection it’s important to replace as much fluid as possible. Offer your child plenty of water to drink and if possible some clear soup to replace the lost fluids.
- Plenty of rest: Rest helps your child’s body focus its energy on getting better so make sure your child gets plenty of rest to aid their recovery.
- Suitable clothing: When your child has a high temperature they will feel uncomfortable in layers of heavy clothing. Remove these and instead cover them in a light sheet, which will let them cool down but also keep them warm if they start to shiver.
- Cool air: Placing a humidifier in your child's room can keep the air moist and reduce any nasal and chest congestion.
- medicine: Giving your child pain relief such as ibuprofen will help ease discomfort and help to bring down a fever
Nurofen for Children 3 months to 9 years Strawberry or Orange is clinically proven to last longer than Paracetamol and starts to reduce fever in only 15 minutes. Nothing works to reduce fever faster or for longer.
Nurofen for Children oral suspension is available in two flavours Strawberry and Orange.
Nurofen for Children Strawberry Baby. Contains ibuprofen. For children’s pain relief. Suitable for children and babies from 3 months age and weighing over 5kg. Always read the label.